In the previous post I wrote, "I'm leaving open the possibility that Ms. Silverstein's blog post is a parody or a test or a piece of performance art or whatever."
Well, it turns out it is a fake. Or rather, there's at least something fake about it, though at this point, it's not clear what it all means.
See The Times of Israel post by "Dinah Silverstein".
A commenter on the original post revealed that the picture of "Dinah Silverstein" is actually Nancy Goldstein, a journalist and blogger who has written for for The Guardian, The Huffington Post and others. Since she is a quasi-public figure, I think it's safe to show the links. There's no evidence that Nancy Goldstein is Dinah Silverstein. It's just as possible that someone stole her picture. No doubt Ms. Goldstein will comment one way or another.
March 8: 10:38 PM (Central) Opinion (before I take a late night run): I don't think it's Ms. Goldstein. or if it was her, it was intended as tongue-in-cheek or some such. The whole thing is just too over the top. I think we've all been had by Bill Maher.
March 9: 7:54 AM, (Central): The Times of Israel has removed the blog post.
March 10: 7:43 AM (Central): Miguel on Gun Free Zone blogged yesterday that, "we have been trolled like a boss." In the comments, Cargosquid reveals that much of The Times of Israel piece was lifted or paraphrased from two recent blog posts by one Tanya Cohen--Here Is Why It's Time To Get Tough On Hate Speech In America and Why Do Americans Reject Human Rights When The Whole World Embraces Them?.